Chocolate cake topped with whipped cream and two candles.

Chocolate Cake Base

Recipe: Print it Here
Dry: 1 ½ Cups light spelt flour
4 tablespoon cocoa powder
½ teaspoon Sea salt
1 teaspoon Baking soda
2 teaspoon Baking powder

Wet: ¾ Cup of maple syrup
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
6 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted 
¾ Cup water

Procedure:

Pre heat the oven to 180 C or 350 F. Grease and flour a 8" spring form pan and set aside.
Combine dry ingredient together on a bowl. I find it helpful to sift in the cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda so that there are no lumps. Mix the dry ingredients until combined. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Pour mixture into prepaid pan and bake for 25-35 minutes or until the top of the cake springs back when lightly touched. Let the cake cool in the pan.

Chocolate Fudge Filling

Recipe:

1 Cup dates, soaked for 30 min
¼ Cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon Coconut oil
4- 6 tablespoon Reserved soaking water from dates
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Pinch of Sea salt

Procedure:

Soak dates in hot water for 30 minutes. After they have become soft, drain the dates but keep the soaking water. Combine the dates, cocoa powder, coconut oil, salt, and 4 tablespoon of the soaking liquid in a blender. Puree until the mixture is silky smooth, this may take some time. Add more soaking liquid as needed to achieved a spreadable filling. I used about 6 tablespoon but you may need more of less. I wouldn't recommend using more than 8 tablespoon as that might make the filling too runny.

Vanilla Coconut Cream

Recipe:

1 Can Organic full fat coconut milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract, Vanilla powder, or Vanilla bean (scraped)
1 tablespoon Maple syrup.

Procedure:

Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for several hours to chill (to not put it in the freezer, I made is mistake once and it wasn't pretty). Once the coconut milk has chilled, spoon the creamy white coconut cream from the top, leaving the milky water stuff behind (keep the water for smoothies, baking, or soup/curry). Beat the coconut cream with an electric beater until soft peaks form. Add the vanilla and maple syrup and continue to whip. Once it has reached whipped cream like consistency, place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

* When choosing your coconut milk take a moment to read the labels. Some brands are full of weird thickeners, gums, and carrageenan. Other brands contain water and coconut flavour! Not even real coconut! If you can, try to buy one that just contains coconut milk, or coconut milk and water.

Assembling:

Once the cake has cooled, slice it horizontally and ice the bottom half with the Chocolate Fudge Filling. Top the bottom half with the other portion of cake and ice the top with the Vanilla Coconut Cream. Decorate with chocolate shavings or whatever you desire. I used some vegan chocolate wafers I picked up from my favourite health food store.  Store the cake in the refrigerator until ready to use.

25 Comments

  1. I have made this cake for the 7 years every single birthday occasion! Hands down my go to and everyone loves it !

  2. Hey, Safiya! Thank you so much! I'm sure you could use some almond flour (like maybe 1/4 of it), but I feel that if you use all almond, it might be too crumbly. You could always try oat, wheat, or maybe even a gluten free mix! Best of luck!!

  3. Hi Sophie! this cake looks amazing and I'd love to make it.
    I dont have spelt flour, is it possible to substitute with almond flour?

  4. Yes, that should be totally fine. You may just want to reduce the amount of flour by a couple of tablespoons since spelt is more water soluble. Best of luck!

  5. Hi Sophie! Do you think we can use normal all purpose flour instead of spelt? I really want to make it too!! 🙂

  6. Hello Julie, it's lovely to hear from you. Thank you so much, I am delighted it was a hit! Happy Birthday to your little one 🙂

  7. Hi Sophie, I made this cake for my son's birthday (he turned 1 on Friday!!) and it was absolutely amazing, a real hit. Everyone was amazed. Thanks so much for another great recipe.

  8. I didn't taste the dates in the filling, but then again I like dates. If you aren't the biggest fan of dried fruit, you might notice them. However, I feel that for most people, the filling should only taste sweet and chocolaty 🙂

  9. I didn't taste the dates in the filling, but then again I like dates. If you aren't the biggest fan of dried fruit, you might notice them. However, I feel that for most people, the filling should only taste sweet and chocolaty 🙂

  10. Hello Simone,
    I am glad that you and your boyfriend liked the cake! My cake was a little domed on top too. After I let it cool in the pan,I flipped it over - making the bottom of the cake into the top and the top the bottom -this doesn't affect the overall cake, but it is something I have always done as it makes for a better icing surface.
    If your cake is really domed, you can always slice off the top making the cake flat and giving you a nice little snack of cake trimmings.
    Take care,
    Sophie

  11. Hello Simone,
    I am glad that you and your boyfriend liked the cake! My cake was a little domed on top too. After I let it cool in the pan,I flipped it over - making the bottom of the cake into the top and the top the bottom -this doesn't affect the overall cake, but it is something I have always done as it makes for a better icing surface.
    If your cake is really domed, you can always slice off the top making the cake flat and giving you a nice little snack of cake trimmings.
    Take care,
    Sophie

  12. Hi Sophie,
    I just made this cake and my boyfriend and I think it's delicious!!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe 🙂
    One question: on your photos the top of your cake looks pretty flat. My cake came out of the oven more bulgy. How did you get the top so flat?
    Greetings from the Netherlands,
    Simone

  13. Hi Sophie,
    I just made this cake and my boyfriend and I think it's delicious!!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe 🙂
    One question: on your photos the top of your cake looks pretty flat. My cake came out of the oven more bulgy. How did you get the top so flat?
    Greetings from the Netherlands,
    Simone

  14. Yum this looks awesome! Especially the Chocolate Fudge Filling!! Can't wait to make it. Thanks for the recipe:)

  15. You're welcome! You really can't go wrong with a classic like wacky cake. I hope it's a hit at the birthday party <3

  16. Wacky Cake was the birthday cake in our house too growing up. I still make it! And I plan on this version for a birthday coming up next week! Thank you!

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